Togo 2012 - Day 11

It's about time I got round to finishing these Togo articles... so, Day 11.

The next day saw us take a drive with Fr. François along the coast to Togo's former capital, Aného, to visit our De La Mennais Brothers school, the Lycée Saints Pierre + Paul which I first visited with a group back in 2007. This was actually the first place I ever stayed at in Africa with a group in back and was probably the most challenging of all the places we have stayed in over our 4 Afican adventures due to the difficult sleeping conditions in the tiny rooms of the boys' boarding wing where we slept. I'll never forget that first night there, sharing a room with our Br. Francis. It was a credit to those in our group back then that nobody complained, just taking it in their stride.

This time we weren't sleeping there, though we did take our group round for them to see for themselves. We had put aside some of the funds raised prior to the trip so that we could make a donation to a deserving project of our choice before we left Togo. It was with great delight that we accepted Frère François' suggestion that we donate funds towards the renovation of this boarding wing. To that end he has since opened a new bank account specifically to receive funds raised for this project and our donation of £1,500 is its first content.

Frère François

Our school at Aného.

Bro. Emmanuel showing us around.

A tour around Aného

Myself and Fr. François

Rolo with the local tribal chief, King Lawson VIII. Back in 2007 we met him during our first trip to Togo. See here for an account of that meeting.

Paddy inside one of the dormitories...

... and giving a Maths lesson!

Another of the dormitories... very much in need of investment and repair.

A 3-a-side football tournament with some of the pupils.

Well-earned refreshment in the form of coconut milk straight from the coconut.

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